When you think about Christmas, what first comes to mind? Is it jolly old Santa Claus and his reindeer? Is it Santa’s workshop of elves? If so, what do the elves look like?
The images that might automatically come up for us might be incomplete and missing out on the rich and vibrant rainbow of diverse winter holiday celebrations and traditions from around the world.
This Black African history curriculum, consisting of 60 pages, aims to avoid treating Black history as a distinct subject separate from the standard history taught. Instead, it aims to incorporate Black history into the broader narrative of history and provide a more complete understanding of the past.
It's chock-full of engaging discussion questions and fun, play-based activities to reinforce concepts. Aimed at children ages 5 and up, this unit study can easily be customized for older children.
In Season’s Greetings: Winter Holiday Traditions, Volume 1, learn about holiday celebrations and traditions from around the world, throughout history right up to the present time.
We can’t wait for you to learn about these rich and vibrant holiday traditions through reading, play, and discussion.
- Winter solstice celebrations in the Northern and Southern hemispheres, past and present
- Summer solstice celebrations in the Southern Hemisphere, past and present
- Hannukah celebrations in Ethiopia and Uganda
- Christmas traditions in Chad, Senegal, The Gambia, Ethiopia, and Egypt
- New Year’s traditions in Colombia and Haiti
- Get a world map to see where each winter tradition is celebrated
- Extend your learning into everyday life
Fill your automatic and natural imagination and vocabulary with the sights and history of holiday celebrations from around the world with Code Switch Academy: Season’s Greetings: Winter Holiday Traditions, Volume 1.
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The Importance of Diversity and Representation in Toys and Media
“Characters who look more like they do, rather than imagined ideals, help kids build confidence, the foundation for leadership skills. But here’s the kicker — seeing toys that look like others (a different race, for instance) nurtures compassion.” – Craig and Marc Kielburger, Diverse Toys Could Help Children Become Compassionate Leaders, HuffPost
This free infographic helps guide you in assessing the diversity of your library of toys, books, and media, and the importance of toys and media that feature females, gay, transgender, and non-binary lead characters from various races and backgrounds.
Code Switch Academy: Around the World Mini-Lessons
Build compassion and self-esteem by taking a LEGO® play trip to locations around our wonderful world and meeting diverse characters with this free activity guide (pdf format).
It guides children through activities using their LEGO® and other toys that teach them about a Black and Brown character or group of people around the world, and features links to further reading, information about significant historical or current events, suggestions for open-ended play, and inspiration to use your imagination, empathy, and knowledge to deepen learning about the diverse people and places about which you’ll learn.
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